Marc Shuttleworth, der Mann hinter Ubuntu, hat ein neues Projekt vorgestellt: Ein eigenes Ubuntu-Smartphone. Und zwar High End, mit Crowdfunding.
Die ganze Sache ist zwar sehr interessant, aber auch echt teuer – ich kann nicht mal eben US$ 830,00 in den Topf werfen um dafür im Mai 2014 ein neues Smartphone zu erhalten. Den Konvergenzgedanken schätze ich aber dennoch. Für Motorolas Lapdock-Ansatz mag es noch etwas zu früh gewesen sein1 – aber das ARM Chromebook reicht (auch mit einer leichten Variante von Ubuntu (ich nutze LXDE als Benutzeroberfläche) für Alltagstasks überall hin. Da das Ubuntu Edge mit 4GB definitiv ausreichend Arbeitspeicher haben wird, und zudem mit dem besten Chip ausgestattet werden soll, der bei der Fertigstellung des Designs verfügbar ist, kann man davon ausgehen, dass die 830$ tatsächlich mehr als nur ein Smartphone kaufen. Wenn es denn dazu kommt: 32 Millionen Dollar per Crowdfunding zu erzielen ist nämlich noch niemandem gelunden. Aber es sieht gut aus.
There is not much to write about this years Computex, as almost every news has spread a thousand times throughout the web. This is thus more a personal note: Intel have finally managed to win quite a few smartphone and tablet designs, and at the same time they have managed to really lower the consumption of their performance platform with “Haswell”. Finally, thin, light, powerful and long lasting mobile computing solutions are possible. Thumbs up!
Jolla, that group of ex-Nokia employees working on an ex-Nokia smartphone OS (MeeGo, which is now “Mer” – and on the foundations of Mer Jolla built their “Sailfish OS”), have finally announced their first piece of hardware1, which will ship “at the end of this year”.2 It’s nothing too funky, hardware wise, but Jolla is about software, anyway.
Ubuntu just announced that it will be on smartphones soon, too. While there have been many players announcing to enter the (very) mobile space with their own OS (in 2013, Samsung is believed to bring Tizen to market, Mozilla’s Firefox OS will launch (at least in Brazil) and Jolla will release their first Sailfish OS phone), Ubuntu is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and quite popular.
Being an Ubuntu user on my notebook, I am really excited, especially after I have seen Mark Shuttleworth’s announcement video.
As an Android Linux kernel is all that is said to be needed to run the new QML-powered Ubuntu mobile OS, porting it to your Android smartphone should be as easy as with Firefox OS, but most likely a lot more tempting than the latter (which is tempting, too).
That’s all I have to say for now, head over to the link above and watch the announcement or just get your Galaxy Nexus ready.. ;-)
Engadget have a nice hands on video, that makes the whole thing a lot more believable (MPEG4 video for those on desktops without flash)
The Verge have another hands-on (this time with out the “benevolent dictator”)
This is an impressive demo of Tizen on real world hardware, aka the Galaxy SII HD LTE which is available in the shops in South Korea and the USA. Don’t be mistaken by the Galaxy SII branding – this device has a 4.65” Super Amoled HD (1280x720px) (just like the Galaxy Nexus) and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip – in fact, resolution and SoC are similar to the Sony XPERIA S.
BTW, the HP Touchpad uses a close relative of this SoC (almost the same, but no GSM/3.5G hardware) this performance seems even more impressive – if the TouchPad had performed this well, it likely wouldn’t have failed so badly.
This is really interesting: A port of Android to webOS hardware. Surely, most HP/Open webOS enthusiasts would totally prefer this happening the other way round, but still it’s great to see an almost working port created by nice folks from China. The best bit: You’ve got the good old webOS gestures!
If you want to install this on your HP Veer (it does not replace webOS (dual boot installation), check the above linked source of the video or the project page.
Something I missed: Some Tizen devices will be able to run Android apps, thanks to a compatability layer by Open Mobile. This likely won’t be a feature on every Tizen device, as it’s likely one of the few proprietary solutions to achieve that that have been shown with webOS, Maemo and MeeGo before. Unfortuntely the creators of these solutions always tried to sell it to device makers (OEMs), and none aside from BlackBerry (on the Playbook) decided to something like that yet with their devices (likely to get people to develop for their own platform.
Having an N900 (and already trying out NitDroid (I recommend this howto if you’re eager to check NitDroid out) I came around this video, which shows about the latest stuff that we used to call MeeGo before Tizen was started. It’s now Mer again, and the handset UX has the new name Nemo.